FEATURE - Low Maintenance Terrace


Paddo Stunner

A light and airy outlook from the upper balcony


Transforming a home inside and out is often the result of a need for a fresh look and feel. This Paddington terrace garden has not only taken on a contemporary new style but is low maintenance as well.

Keen to compliment their busy lives, inner-city residents want the benefits of a flourishing garden and the convenience of minimal upkeep. For this Sydney client, Adam Robinson Design has put together a green garden these clients can leave to flourish on it’s own.

The best way to ensure the garden is low maintenance was to add a mixture of succulents and hardy palms

Themes carried through to the entrance

A mixture of low maintenance plants


The residents of this home wanted a garden that was sophisticated, contemporary and understated. It also had to compliment the newly updated interiors of this heritage home. The plant selection made was contemporary and architectural. This gave a subtle contrast to the heritage of the architecture while still tying in with a fresh new feel.

To begin with, a layout of plants were chosen that would create a visual carpet of texture and colour from all view points within this three story terrace. Some plants were added to this which would grow over time and add height to the garden yet not encroach on the narrow outlook.


A carpet of green runs the length of the garden

The best way to ensure the garden is low maintenance was to add a mixture of succulents and hardy palms. The plants require minimal watering and can withstand a variety of elements such as full sunlight.

Balconies were treated as their own spaces but given a common thread in look and feel. Simple, understated and sophisticated clusters of white pots tied in with the minimalistic colour schemes of the interiors. This allows the plants to do the talking! 

For tips on selecting plants to fit with your lifestyle check out our growing Featured Plants list. 

Images by Zhi Ren Chow.